To try our polyphonic plugins (PolyPlugs) you need a polyphonic guitar
(also called divided, or hexaphonic in case of 6 strings) and some interface to connect
each string to the computer. If you'd like to try out our Polyphonic Plugins then
us and we'll give you a link to download them, but please send details of your
setup, including pickup type and wiring and specs of your pc or mac .
Polyphonic guitars (sometimes called MIDI ready...) have been offered
for many years by Roland, Paradis, Godin, Frame, Parker, Fender, Gibson...
Almost any guitar can be retrofit with a polyphonic pickup.
There are two kinds of pickups:
- piezo in the bridge, made by Paradis, RMC, Graphtech,,,
- magnetic like Roland GK2, Cycfy Neo...
in general, piezos sound better, have less noise, separate strings better,
but are more dificult to build into the guitar.
Originally the PolyPlugs were created to work with the Paradis FireWire guitar. Now it can also be used with:
• Roland GR-10
• Keith McMillen’s StringPort
• Breakout box (RMC, Paradis PolySubbass, Septar, selfmade…) and 6 patch cables to any audio interface with more than 6 channels
The host software needs to be able to handle plugins with 6 inputs and
6 outputs, e.g.
for live application we recommend
Bidule because it
works just like a virtual pedal board for guitar
players with very flexible routing in an easy to understand graphical layout.
Different scenario for a studio environment:
- Cubase is suitable for polyphonic plugins. You can also use Bidule as a
plugin in Cubase.
- For OSX, you can connect Bidule to any studio software through a software
router like Jack.
- If the guitar is the base instrument, you can record it in Bidule and then
transfer the sound files to any other recording software.
Apart from our plugins, we recommend some reverb and limiter plugin.
Our PolyControl can program all other plugins, so you can create global
presets for all those plugins!